salmonellaState health officials announced on Monday that a New Mexico poultry hatchery might have caused a national salmonella outbreak. The hatchery located in the eastern New Mexico sells live baby chickens, ducks and other poultry birds by mail and also supplies them to feed stores.

Salmonella Strain found in a Duck Pen

According to the state Department of Health, the strain of salmonella that has infected more than 300 people across 37 states came from a duck pen at Privett Hatchery in Portales.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that as many as 51 infected people had to be hospitalized, although no deaths have been reported yet. Among those who became ill, nearly three-fifths were children below the age of 10.

Although the hatchery is said to be the most probable source for the salmonella outbreak, the CDC has mentioned that it is conducting more tests to confirm the same.